My husband checks his blood sugar twice daily. I filled his test strip prescription for the first time since our plan changed to a drug copay.
Ouch! $25 for 50 strips, or not quite enough to round out the month.
I raced home and called customer service for help. Here are 3 strategies for saving on diabetic test strips:
The first problem is that his blood glucose monitor is no longer on the insurance's "preferred" list. They will send him a free voucher for a comparable unit and its preferred strips. This will drop the copay from $25 to $15 a month.
Second, his doctor can write him a prescription for more strips. They come in boxes of 50 or 100. A 100 strip prescription will leave roughly 25 unused per month.
Third, the customer service rep recommended we buy strips using the "home delivery" option of three month's worth at a time, for the cost of only two copays ($30).
With 25 strips extra per box, a three month's supply should technically last four months, dropping the per month cost to under $8.
I know my little brother is snickering right now, but that's a lot of money saved over a year's time!